Welcome to the Northern Ireland Branch

Collaborate, network and learn with your HR and L&D peers. 

After three years as Vice Chair, I’m delighted and honoured to begin my first year as Chair of the branch and fortunate to be supported by a highly experienced committee of volunteers who bring a vast array of HR expertise. My sincere thanks to each and every one of them for their valued contribution and dedication.  

Details of our volunteers for 2020/21 can be found below. 

CIPD’s mission is to 'champion better work and working lives' and with over 3,500 members in Northern Ireland, our role on the committee is to support local HR professionals and businesses by planning and delivering a programme of activities that is relevant and connected to CIPD’s strategic initiatives. Topical event priorities include; wellbeing in the new norm, diversity and inclusion, technology and artificial intelligence, membership upgrade webinar and the ever-popular mock tribunal.  You can find details of our upcoming events here

In line with government guidelines, we will be delivering all of our events virtually until the end of 2020.  

Last year we launched our member to member mentoring programme which has proved to be a great success. Thanks to Jane Hamilton from the branch who leads on this for her continued dedication. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or being mentored you can find more information below or feel free to contact Jane directly at jane.hamilton@cipdbranch.co.uk

Our commitment is to engage with all of our members so please do provide us with feedback and suggestions to ensure our programme of activities remains relevant for you. I very much look forward to meeting you virtually or at some stage in person in the near future.

Beth McMaw Considine
Northern Ireland Branch Chair

CIPD Northern Ireland

We work closely with our network of members, volunteers and stakeholders to develop the profession, build our policy relevance and reach, and establish the voice of CIPD in Northern Ireland

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Meet the team

CIPD Northern Ireland has a volunteer team who provide a programme of CPD and networking events.

Volunteer Team 2020/21:

Chair: Beth McMaw Considine

Vice-Chair: Nicola Barber

Treasurer: Nicola Barber 

Secretary: Rob Rees

Student / Centre Engagement Lead: Witney Williamson

Communication/Digital Engagement Lead: Chris Deary

Event Engagement Lead: Lydia Gourley

Membership Engagement Lead: Laurence Rogers

Mentoring Project Lead: Jane Hamilton 

Committee members

Ruaidhri Murray
Caroline Ashe
Sheenagh McConville
Will Young

Mentoring is an arrangement in which an experienced individual (mentor) offers ongoing support and guidance to a less experienced individual (mentee) to help the mentee manage his or her own learning and career development.

Gordon F Shea in his book Mentoring - A Guide to Basics defines mentoring as:

“…a process whereby mentor and mentoree work together to discover and develop the mentoree’s latent abilities, to provide the mentoree with knowledge and skills as opportunities and needs arise, and for the mentor to serve as an effective tutor, counsellor, friend and foil who enables the mentoree to sharpen skills and hone her or his thinking.”

About the scheme

This is a volunteer-led scheme co-ordinated by the CIPD Northern Ireland branch. We aim to link like-minded HR and L&D professionals with the purpose of enabling the mentee to:

• Develop themselves
• Better meet work challenges
• Develop strengths and competencies
• Learn from example and mistakes
• Gain knowledge and more experience
• Expand their connection and networks

The mentor will also benefit from our scheme by:

• Gaining satisfaction from nurturing and enabling an individual to develop
• Being instrumental in career transition and/or transformation
• Improving their communication or supervisory skills
• Expanding their connections and networks
• Promoting self-reflection
• Developing their own mentoring skills as part of CPD

What's involved

The formal mentoring relationship will last for 6 months and you must be willing to commit to the full duration of the programme.  

We recommend regular communication and monthly meetings - either face to face, via video conference or phone. You will make your own arrangements to suit you both. Travel expenses are not paid by CIPD.

You will be asked to complete a Mentoring Agreement at your first meeting to agree goals and expectations on both sides, and to review this after 6 months. Tools, templates and other resources are available for you to use, and all participants will be invited to attend an Introduction to Mentoring Webinar.

We will ask you to share feedback, learning and outcomes with the Mentoring Engagement Team so we can make the programme as effective as possible.

What support is available

All participants will have access to various CIPD tools, templates and other resources, including an Introduction to Mentoring webinar.

Mentors will be invited to attend a Mentor Network Induction Event in January 2021 - date to be confirmed. 

There will also be additional opportunities for peer support and discussion.

The local volunteer team will be on hand to support you both through the process and will be capturing feedback, ideas and ways to improve, as this is a new programme for our branch. 

How to apply

If you would be interested in becoming a mentor in the scheme, please contact Jane Hamilton, Mentoring Engagement Lead, at jane.hamilton@cipdbranch.co.uk for more information. 

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You can keep in touch with CIPD Northern Ireland by following us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, and by signing up to our monthly newsletter, emailed to subscribers on the first Tuesday of every month.

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